Brooks Koepka has U.S. Open 3-peat within reach at Pebble Beach
Brooks Koepka might do at Pebble Beach today what no gamer has done considering that Willie Anderson a century earlier: win 3 straight U.S. Opens.
The name Willie Anderson is little remembered today, however more than a century ago he managed something that nobody has matched considering that.
Anderson, a Scot who emigrated to the United States as a teen, is the last gamer to win the U.S. Open 3 straight years. The last of those success, in 1905, was likewise his 4th U.S. Open, an accomplishment equated to just by Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and JackNicklaus Golf was still in its infancy in America at that time, and after his awful death simply 5 years later on at the age of 31, Anderson disappeared into golf history books.
Now 114 years later on, Brooks Koepka has the chance to do what not even the similarity Hogan and Nicklaus have actually done: manage a U.S. Open three-peat. It’s been simply 2 years considering that Koepka won his very first significant at ErinHills When he won his 2nd at Shinnecock Hills a year earlier, he ended up being the very first gamer considering that Curtis Strange in 1989 to go back-to-back at the U.S.Open He’s considering that included 2 PGA Championships, most just recently at Bethpage Black last month, and has won 4 of his last 8 majors.
It’s not a surprise, then, that Koepka gets here at Pebble Beach today as one of the favorites to raise the U.S. Open prize once again. But the idea of a three-peat is one he confesses he hasn’t invested excessive time concentrating on.
“I haven’t talked to anybody about going three in a row. I’m not thinking about it,” he stated at his interview today. “I know the odds are stacked up probably even more against me now to go three in a row than to back it up. It’s hard to win the same event three years in a row.”
Koepka is ideal about something: it’s difficult to three-peat. The last gamer to win the very same PGA Tour occasion 3 years in a row was Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic from 2009-11 Peter Thomson is the last to win the very same significant 3 straight times, winning the Open Championship in between 1954-56 Walter Hagen, the winner of 4 straight PGA Championships in the 1920 s, is the just other gamer to do it considering that Anderson.
To do it, Koepka is going to need to browse around a course that does not always fit his video game. Pebble Beach is a brief course at simply 7,040 lawns. Koepka’s biggest strength is his range off the tee, however he approximates he’ll just strike chauffeur on 4 or 5 holes all week.
But Koepka has displayed in the previous 2 years he’s more than simply a long bomber. He subdued Erin Hills, the longest course in significant champion history, ending up at 16- under. Last year, however, Koepka needed to rush around Shinnecock Hills and won the competition at even-par. At the PGA Championship last month, Koepka saw a seven-shot lead diminish to simply one after 4 straight bogeys on the back-nine however revealed his psychological durability by hanging on to win by 2.
Koepka is a gamer who brings his finest to golf’s most significant phases. He’s won 4 majors however simply two times in routine PGA Tour occasions. His capability to peak at the ideal minutes is probably unlike anybody else on trip today. He brings a huge chip on his broad shoulders as an outcome of not getting the acknowledgment he is worthy of. This week that chip got back at larger when Fox stopped working to highlight him in among their U.S. Open discounts, a reality he noticed.
If he is to choose the three-peat today, the truth that he’ll do it at among golf’s renowned locations would make it even more unique. “This would be the coolest thing ever, to win three in a row and to win the third one at Pebble,” he stated. “It’s such a special place.”
The shadow of Anderson will hang over Pebble Beach today, however after a lot of years have actually passed couple of will acknowledge the name. If he’s kept in mind for anything today it’s for doing what for so long appeared like an untouchable task. Even Koepka, who’s attempting to eliminate Anderson’s name from the record books, confesses the guy stays a secret. “I don’t know too much about him. Obviously, it was a long, long time ago,” Koepka stated.
It’s been 109 years considering that Anderson passed away, however today at least the guy and his special task will quite be front and center at the U.S.Open Koepka has a distinct chance today. Match Anderson and he enters into golf tradition. Come up short, and Anderson will keep the something that guarantees his name will reside on, even if couple of remember it.